The Honeywell Concert Band (HCB) is a volunteer organization presently having a membership of 33 musicians. Originally organized in 1937as a marching band for the first Aquatennial Parade, it transitioned to a concert band over 30 years ago. Honeywell provides rehearsal and storage space in their Golden Valley facility. Our successful applications for Metropolitan Regional Arts Council(MRAC) Community Arts Grants for 2007-2016 have allowed the HCB to continue to serve the community musically.
The mission of the HCB is to provide and experience joy and musical growth through the performance of high quality concert band music for audiences that normally have limited access to live music because of limitations of age, mobility, economic status, or geographic location. Approximately 60% of the performance venues consist of care centers, nursing homes, assisted living centers, and senior housing complexes. The rest are public venues such as county and suburban parks. No fee is required for the HCB performances but donations are appreciated, and all performances are free for all attendees.
The HCB rehearses Tuesday evenings at the Honeywell plant in Golden Valley. Band membership is open, without auditions or dues, to all adults with a love of music and the ability to play a wind or percussion instrument. A typical concert year consists of 11 – 12 concerts. All venues and rehearsal facilities are handicap accessible
Our director is Marvin Balamut, who is a University of Minnesota trained music educator